Seriously, when I rode, what the shoulder bar did was to prevent the lap bar from coming down where it should. This means that because of the shoulder bar, I was bouncing around in the seat in ways that I shouldn't have been, and it was by no means pleasant.
The best thing they could do to that ride would be to remove the ten fasteners that attach the shoulder bar to the restraint.
I don't like them at all! The first time I rode it my neck took such a beating that I almost didn't want to get back on. The second time I rode I braced myself like I do on arrows so that my neck wouldn't get beat up again. This is a great ride, but it's ruined by the horrible restraint system.
Another problem I saw with them is that young children can get out of them! I watched as a child in one of the trains managed to pull themselves out of the upper restraints and had half his body out of it while still sitting in the station. Intamin needs to take a look at how different sized people fit into their retraints.
Chalk me up in the "I like them" column. I am about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weigh approximately 155 pounds and I did not feel any of this pain or jostling that has been mentioned by others. I will admit that the transition into the inline twist element is a bit severe, but it by no means caused me any discomfort or headbanging. I thought everything about SR was great as it is currently my #2 overall coaster.
So overall, I like Storm Runner's restraints. But then, I also liked Drachen Fire. ;)
All hail the 5'9" 155 lb enthusiast - the "design" human for all roller coasters! ;) I'm the same size and had no problems with SR's restraints (other than it's hard to move through the train when they're up in the station) - and although I never rode Drachen Fire, I loved Steel Phantom so same difference ;)
Hey, I'm just over 6' and 240lbs, and though I haven't ridden SR yet, I've been on Arrows, Vekos, and Togos (oh my). None have bothered me that bad, so just cause you shorties like it dosen't mean its inherant to your, um, size;).
I don't think they are horrible, but I do agree that the ride would be much better with lap bars. I did experience some soreness in the neck on some of the elements, and can't help but think that those elements would be much more enjoyable with lap bars. Still, though, they're not as bad as an arrow looper restraint. I like Storm Runner and have had some good rides on it, but it does annoy me that it could be so much better with lap bars.
And if Hydra is getting at how we think they're going to be on Kingda Ka... Well, for one, of course OTSR's are more restrictive and I feel that will take away from the open-feeling experience of lap bars. Second, and more importantly, I think there might be some head-banging and a few sore necks (especially more towards the back of the train) as you go down the spiral. I think most people who have ridden TTD would have to agree, you do shift around a lot on the way down the spike, and I can't help but think it might not be enjoyable with Storm-Runner-like restraints. Otherwise, I don't think it will take away from getting airtime on the bunny hill, you don't need lap bars to experience good air (I love some of the air on California Screamin').